Valuing art and heritage, Chandigarh Administration need to learn from Corbusier’s works (NewsNumber Exclusive)

Aarzoo Gupta
Last Updated: May 17 2018 12:01

The City beautiful brags about its heritage and architecture, the credit for which goes to the French architect, Le Corbusier and his cousin Pierre Jeanerette. However, the city has been continuously posing a threat to the heritage in an increasingly materialistic society where there is a price for everything and value of nothing. Similar is the case with the work of City based Arts teacher Tusliram Prajapati that got no respect and value by the Chandigarh Administration.

The man who was on a mission to impart life to the dead trees by making sculptures on them had some hope that the Admin would appreciate his work, however it all got shattered.

Amid this the city which feels proud for having sites with UNESCO’s heritage site title, didn’t show any concern for the art work of a teacher. It shall be noted that tricity is on a mission to root out the dead trees. The Punjab and Haryana High court had issued directions to the administration on August 2 for framing a policy while hearing a case that date back to September 15, 2013, in which a 20-year-old girl suffered 75% disability after a dead tree fell on her.

Not going against the court orders, Prajapati just wanted that the Chandigarh Administration shall give some place to his work in the government building by cutting out the sculptured part from the dead trees. Had Corbusier been here in the city, he would have definitely appreciated Prajappati’s work.

It is a matter of shame for the Chandigarh Administration that it has not been able to take any action against the illegal auction of heritage property designed by Le Corbusier. This practice has clearly depicted the concerns of authorities as far as art and heritage is concerned. Also the city has mulled the Heritage walk idea, but it can’t even value the work of an artist. Prajapati’s work, if displayed at various tourist places in the city could have added to the beauty of city and would have been a good example of best from waste. However, UT Administration could not see the art in those dead trees and axed them before having a second opinion.